As a young professional, the Internet, social media and electronic devices are probably indispensable in both your personal life and professional career, but the risks that come with that use could greatly adversely impact you and your career, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 21% of all identity theft cases in 2012 occurred in people ages 20-29.
- Only 18% of young adults claim they are comfortable with what their friends post about them online, and only 32% say that the information about them online is what they choose for the public to see.
- 91% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates.
- 33% of companies have a social media policy in the workplace.
With a few simple steps, all Internet users can improve their cyber hygiene during October and throughout the year:
- Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
- Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
- Limit the amount of personal information you post online — use privacy settings and share your personal information wisely.
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Stay tuned for news and events throughout National Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more information, visit http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2014.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
US-CERT provides tips for both individuals and organizations on how to protect against cyber threats. Visit: www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/.
The Department of Justice Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section tells you where to report hacking, password trafficking, spam, child exploitation and other Internet crimes. Visit: www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/.